Panorama from the market square in Tübingen am Neckar, Black Forest district
Panorama from the market square in Tübingen am Neckar, Black Forest district

5 cities worth seeing around the Black Forest

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The Black Forest offers a spectacular view of nature that is still largely untouched. This attracts many visitors from all over the world. Whether from Europe, America or Asia, almost everyone would like to spend a few days in the Black Forest.

But around the Black Forest there are also small and slightly larger towns that are also worth a visit. We introduce you to some of these cities and hope you find the time for a little detour.

Baden-Baden

The city of Baden-Baden with around 50 inhabitants is located on the western edge of the northern Black Forest. It should definitely not be missing on a holiday in the Black Forest. Baden-Baden was already known as a sophisticated health resort at the end of the 19th century. Even the Romans appreciated the hot springs around the city. It is often referred to as the "summer capital of Europe" because it is known worldwide as a health resort, medicinal bath and as an international festival city.

One of the sights in Baden-Baden is the Theater am Goetheplatz, which was modeled on the Paris Opera and opened in August 1862. Works by William Shakespeare and Heinrich von Kleist are often performed in the theater. But also modern classics and guest performances in French. The City Museum is another highlight worth exploring. There you can learn about the historical culture of bathing and cures. Or you can look at one of the special collections, such as historical toys, Bohemian glasses, coins and medals.

The casino of Baden-Baden is also one of the well-visited sights. It has been in the former spa building in Baden-Baden since 1824, making it one of the oldest casinos in the country. Due to its unique architecture, the casino in Baden-Baden is still considered the epitome of a sophisticated casino. Games are still played in the four main rooms, primarily blackjack, poker and baccarat. Can't make time to visit the casino? Then just try your luck at NetBet online casino real money, anytime and from anywhere.

Freiburg

Freiburg, City, Munster
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Freiburg lies to the west of the Black Forest and is therefore the southernmost city in Germany. It owes its very special charm to its historic old town. There are many small alleys and streets that can be easily explored on foot. The numerous street cafés invite you to linger, especially in summer. Freiburg is known as a university city and is home to around 20.000 students.

Unfortunately, a large part of Freiburg's old town was destroyed during World War II. But some buildings were able to survive the attacks, such as this Freiburg Minster, which is considered the symbol of the city. A few other historic buildings have also been preserved, including the historic department store, the Wetzinger Haus, and the Alte Wache. Fortunately, the destroyed parts of the old town could be rebuilt according to their historical model.

But Freiburg is also defined by its Bächle, the small watercourses. These run through many of the streets in the old town. Originally they were used for the water supply within the city walls. But today they provide a fresh cool down, especially for pedestrians in summer. The water in the Bächle comes from the nearby river Dreisam.

Offenburg

Old town of Offenburg
Old town of Offenburg

Offenburg is 20 km southeast of Strasburg located. With its baroque facades at the gateway to the Black Forest, it is equally blessed with wine, sun and culture. That is why it has always been an attractive destination for holidaymakers and gourmets. Because here you can enjoy Baden hospitality in its purest form.

The city is said to have been founded by the legendary King Offo and it was first mentioned 850 years ago. But the roots of Offenburg go back to the times of Emperor Nero. In 1689 the town was largely destroyed by fire and only the Capuchin monastery remained. Subsequently, Offenburg was rebuilt in baroque splendor in the 17th and 18th centuries.

One of the sights in Offenburg is the town hall, which was built in 1741. The Ursula column in front of the town hall was dedicated to the town's patron saint. The city coat of arms and the double-headed eagle can be seen above the balcony of the town hall. Another highlight in Offenburg is the royal court. It was built between 1714 and 1717 according to plans by Michael Ludwig Rohrer, who also designed the palace in Rastatt. The façade, which was only completed 40 years later, is particularly impressive.

Rottweil

District town of Rottweil
District town of Rottweil

The oldest town in Baden-Württemberg lies on the eastern border of the Black Forest. The foundation goes back to the year 73 AD, when Rottweil served as a military settlement for Roman soldiers. This is where the name of the town came from, because the soldiers brought new dogs to the Neckar, including the Rottweiler. A small memorial was even erected to the dog breed in the city centre.

When you first visit, you immediately notice that the historic city center looks very different from what you know from many other cities. When walking around the city center through the small streets, there are many old town houses to discover, which are decorated with beautiful and ornate bay windows. One is almost surprised by the multitude of opulent splendor.

A special event in Rottweil is the Rottweiler Carnival (Fastnacht), which dates back to the 15th century. The fool's dances and fool's games practiced back then are still alive today, albeit in a slightly different form. One speaks today of the "fool's jump" and "reciting". The Fasnet still attracts thousands of spectators every year, also because it is one of the most magnificent street carnivals in Germany.

Tübingen

Panorama from the market square in Tübingen am Neckar, Black Forest district
Panorama from the market square in Tübingen

Tübingen is a beautiful city in Baden-Württemberg. It is only 30 kilometers from Stuttgart, on the edge of the northern Black Forest and has almost 90 inhabitants. It is a university town with almost a thousand years of history. The first university was founded in 1477 by Count Eberhard of Württemberg.

Tübingen also boasts some fantastic sights. This includes, above all, the town hall directly on the market square. The large half-timbered building was built in 1435 and supplemented with a hospital, smaller shops and a prison in the 16th century. Today there are still magnificent wood carvings from the 15th century to admire in the great hall.

The Neckerfront with its punts is also worth a visit. A punt is a boat, similar to a gondola. The flat boats are up to twelve meters long and can sometimes weigh 600 kilograms. At the Neckarfront of Tübingen you can get into a punt, let yourself be driven along the Neckar and admire the beautiful facades of the houses.

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